Reference Section: U
|UCSD p-SYSTEM PPLATFORMS/FORMATS: Apple
II, Apple IIe, DEC Rainbow 100, DEC VT-180, DEC LSI/PDP-11, DEC PDP-11,
Xerox 820/820-II, Motorola 68000, Intel 8086/8087/8088, Zilog Z80, 8080,
MOS 6502, 6809, TI 9900.
ULTIMATE SOFTWARE LIBRARY, THE: A 186-page catalog published by Romox 476 Vandell Way Campbell, CA 95008 (408) 374-7200 in 1984, and given away free with the purchase of any program from their Software Centers. The Romox Software Center was a device about the size of a Commodore PET computer which could 'burn' game programs onto a Romox ECPC (Edge Connector Programmable Cartridge) module. The ECPC allowed computer gamers to buy a game by visiting their local 7-11 convenience store, paying $9.95 to the clerk (after they'd paid $25 for the ECPC of course), plug the cartridge into the correct slot for the brand of computer they owned, then select a new game that would overwrite the existing one on their ECPC. The concept was awesome, unfortunately, it didn't catch on in the market place.
The Winter 1984 issue of this catalog, which was Volume 1 (I don't think any subsequent volumes ever appeared) lists the following programs as being available from the Software Center:
UNDERSTANDING MICROPROCESSORS: A $4.95 book published by Texas Instruments in December 1979, supposedly written in "non-technical" language. It was announced in the December 1979 issue of BYTE magazine on page 262.
UMI: United Microware Industries Inc. 3503-C Temple Ave Pomona, CA 91768 (714) 594-1351. Manufacturer of disk, cassette and cartridge software for the Commodore VIC-20, namely Amok (1611), Meteor Run (1613), Renaissance (1600), and Satellites & Meteorites (1650) among others.
UNOFFICIAL 99/4A: A bimonthly newsletter announced in June 1983 featuring programs, news and a question and answer forum. Subscriptions were $10 annually and could be ordered from Unofficial 99/4A Box 651 Clute, TX 77351. According to an ad by the company which appeared in the January 1984 issue of Enthusiast 99 on page 33, "Unofficial 99/4(A) is a bi-monthly publication dedicated to the TI-99/4 and TI-99/4A computers. In UNOFFICIAL you will find program reviews, programs to enter, articles to help you sharpen your TI skills, and articles from TI owners. UNOFFICIAL is entering its second year of publication and continues to offer a "No Quibble" Guarantee. If you are not happy with your first issue, write and receive a full refund. All subscription requests must be accompanied by a check or money order (U.S. currency only). Subscription fees for one year are U.S. - $10.00, Canada and Mexico - $13.00, Overseas by sea - $20.00, Overseas by air - $40.00".
USING and PROGRAMMING THE TI-99/4A: A book authored by Frederick Holtz, released in 1983, that joined the Computer Book Club stable of offerings in January 1984. It can be found among several other titles listed in BYTE magazine, January 1984, p.193.
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